By Jim Biros
SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior will host many of the best high school jazz musicians from throughout the Northland for the Tri-State Jazz Band Festival on Thursday, Oct. 11.
“It’s a really fun event, and it’s not just me saying that,” said Greg Kehl Moore, UW-Superior professor. “Everyone involved feels the students grow a lot from the experience at the festival and have a lot of fun.”
Originally a part of the Tri-State Band Festival, which will take place Oct. 18 at UW-Superior, the Tri-State Jazz Band Festival became its own event in 2007, and typically draws more than 30 students from several schools throughout the Northland and Twin Cities area.
Beginning at 10 a.m., students will rehearse with Moore and guest clinician Dave Schmalenberger. A world-class percussionist and teacher, Schmalenberger has performed with such artists as John Scofield, Conrad Herwig, Richard Davis, Steve Turre, and Rufus Reid. He currently teaches at Minnesota State Mankato and the Shell Lake Arts Center, and has served on the faculty at the McNally Smith College of Music and the University of Minnesota Duluth.
The day will conclude with a public concert at 7 p.m. in Thorpe Langley Auditorium. The UW-Superior Jazz Band will open the performance followed by the Tri-State Jazz Band Festival students. Tickets are $12 adults and $10 seniors and students.
The Thorpe Langley Auditorium is located in Old Main at 1710 Weeks Ave. For more information about the Tri-State Jazz Band Festival, contact the UW-Superior Music Department at (715) 394-8115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior is a nationally recognized public liberal arts institution of more than 2,400 students in the Superior-Duluth, Minn., metropolitan area. UW-Superior has more than 50 program offerings, select online and graduate programs, competitive Division III athletics programs, continuing education, research and scholarship programs that support the community and region.